Q&A With Microgrant Recipient Shanysa


Meet K4C microgrant recipient Shanysa (18) from Riverhead, NY. As Head Junior Volunteer at The Butterfly Effect, a nonprofit that empowers girls living in underserved communities, Shanysa used her award to organize a community garden that stocks healthy, free veggies for food pantries.

  1. What inspired you to start this project? To bring our community together, while providing a healthy lifestyle alternative.
  2. Other than you, how many student volunteers participated in your service project?  17
  3. Other than you, how many adult volunteers participated in your service project?  4
  4. How many hours did you spend on your project?  18
  5. How many hours did other volunteers spend on your project? 25
  6. How many individuals were affected by your project?  103
  7. During the time period between when you applied for a K4C microgrant & when you completed the project, what surprised you?  The willingness of people and the generosity of all involved.
  8. Overall what did you learn from this experience? How to build a garden &how to plan and ask for help.
  9. How will your project continue having an impact in the future? We will continue to donate food to the local food pantries.
  10. How was the K4C microgrant helpful in the completion of your project?  It gave us the opportunity to purchase the wood and supplies needed. It gave me the opportunity to give back to my community.